Any businessperson who walks into a law firm to discuss a proposed merger or an acquisition may be startled to see a privacy lawyer at the table alongside the corporate team.
Indeed, a few years ago, a privacy lawyer wouldn't have been present, says Lyndsay Wasser, co-chair of McMillan LLP 's privacy and data protection and cybersecurity groups. "Three years ago, I don't think most lawyers or most businesspeople even had this on their radar."
But now they must and they do. With headline-grabbing data breaches – from Ashley Madison to Equifax – serving to heighten awareness of the importance of protecting personal information, it doesn't seem likely that privacy lawyers will be kicked off deal teams anytime soon.
Lexpert contributor Sandra Rubin reports at www.lexpert.ca
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